Days ahead of the JEE Main 2022 session 1 examination, Advocate Anubha Shrivastava posted an interesting poll on Twitter. The renowned lawyer and Child Rights Activist wanted to understand the demands of JEE Main 2022 aspirants, with respect to the number of attempts. In a shocking turn of events, the National Testing Agency (NTA) decided to retract its policy of conducting 4 attempts. Since the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided, the agency decided on going back to its original format of two attempts.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, NTA used to conduct two sessions of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main – Session 1 in January and Session 2 in April. E.g., in 2019, Session 1 was organized from January 08 to 12, 2022, whereas Session 2 was held from April 07 to 20, 2022 – a gap of 90 days between the two sessions.
Although JEE Main 2022 shall follow the previous system, it will barely provide any time between the two sessions i.e., Session 1 is scheduled in April 2022 and Session 2 in May 2022.
JEE Main 2022 – Twitter Poll by Adv Anubha
As of April 04, 4:02 pm, around 48.2% of students want JEE Main 2022 to be held after board exams. Around 28.1% of candidates are fine with two attempts but, wish for an adequate gap between them. Interestingly, only 23.7% of candidates need the number of attempts to be increased to 3. This clearly implies that candidates are not in favor of simultaneously studying for board exams and JEE Main 2022. However, they do not hold any substantial issue against the previous system of two attempts.
4 Attempts, 90-day gap – Demand Students on Twitter
Additionally, a small chunk of candidates want the last year’s system of 4 attempts to repeat this year. However, this system may cause a delay in the upcoming academic year – a circumstance the government does not want to happen. Especially since, the country’s education system is still recovering from the delay caused by the pandemic.
CBSE, CISCE, UP to Conduct Board Exams in April 2022
Although some stateboards are done with their Class 12 exams, other boards including CBSE, CISCE and Uttar Pradesh will be organising their exams shortly. For example, the CBSE Class 12 term 2 exams are scheduled during the April-May 2022 period. Immediately thereafter, candidates will have to resume their JEE Main preparation. Thus, the whole scenario seems hectic for candidates to follow.
Two attempts of JEE Main 2022 are aimed at providing an extra opportunity for candidates to qualify the national-level entrance exam. For these attempts to be held in such a short time-frame will fail the primary intent. This is precisely why students are demanding a postponement in JEE Main 2022 schedule.